Will fans need to dodge storms at the St. Louis Blues victory parade Saturday?
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 15, 2019, 2:43:14 AM EDT
The St. Louis Blues will celebrate their first Stanley Cup championship on Saturday, but the team and hundreds of thousands of fans will have to remain alert for thunderstorms.
The St. Louis Blues Championship Parade will start at noon CDT. KMOX anticipates that the parade will last three hours, followed by a rally at the Gateway Arch.
As many as a half million people are expected to celebrate with the St. Louis Blues, and the festivities will go on regardless of rain, KTVI reported.
A stormy weekend is expected for the St. Louis area with rounds of showers and thunderstorms.
"The good news is that the most widespread showers and thunderstorms will likely be during the morning and into the midday hours, followed by a break for much of the afternoon before more thunderstorms move in at night," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brian Thompson.
There is concern that the thunderstorms returning on Saturday night can be severe with hail and damaging winds.
Even in the absence of severe weather, any thunderstorm during the day on Saturday will put anyone outdoors at risk of being struck by lightning.
“The best chance of rain and thunderstorms appears to be toward the beginning of the parade," according to Thompson. "While a shower or thunderstorm may pop up during the afternoon, much of the time will likely turn out dry.”
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Saturday will otherwise be a warmer and more humid day with clouds and some sunshine. Temperatures will be around 82 F at the start of the parade and climb into the middle 80s during the afternoon.
Some normal routes that residents may use to head to the celebration will be inaccessible due to the ongoing major flooding of the Mississippi River. This includes the Leonard K. Sullivan Boulevard.
The river is receding but is not anticipated to drop below major flood stage of 40 feet until next Tuesday.
The river will not fall under minor flood stage any earlier than the final days of June.
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